February 18, 2017
How well have you been keeping up with your New Year’s Resolutions? Professional responsibilities, like lunch meetings, travel and conferences, often make it difficult to stick to fitness and diet goals. With CulinAero, you can keep your resolutions intact with healthy menus, tasty alternatives and plenty of wholesome ingredients. The best part? Your attendees won’t be able to tell the difference.
Incorporate More Fruits and Vegetables
The first step towards healthy eating is to fill your plates with wholesome, clean ingredients. Whether you’re disguising comfort foods with healthy alternatives or simply serving a fruit and vegetable platter, it’s easy to add nutritious offerings at every course. Choose high quality greens like kale, asparagus and broccoli over heavy starches like white potatoes. Serve fruit kabobs as appetizers and garnish your meals with fruit salad or salsa.
Grill Instead of Fry
Conscious changes can be as simple as altering the way the food is cooked. Instead of serving a heavy fried chicken breast, choose a grilled chicken breast with jerk spices. Diners won’t miss a thing with that extra pop of flavor. The same applies to vegetables: roasting and grilling will save the extra calories that a casserole or fried side would provide.
Serve Mini Desserts
There’s no reason to forego dessert altogether; that would just be sad. Instead, serve miniature desserts that pack a punch in quality and flavor. By offering a variety of flavors, guests won’t leave feeling unsatisfied. Plus, they are less likely to overeat for the sake of cleaning their plate.
How do you keep up with your resolutions at meetings or events?
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December 23, 2016
The countdown to 2017 is officially on! We can’t think of a better way to ring in the New Year than with a few festive, bubbly libations. So pop some bottles and enjoy these champagne cocktails that are almost too pretty to drink.
- 1 oz cognac
- 1 oz lemon juice
- .5 oz simple syrup
- 3 oz champagne
Combine cognac, lemon juice, simple syrup and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into the glass. Top with champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.
- 1.5 oz vodka
- 4 oz champagne
- 12 red grapes
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
Muddle 8 grapes and sugar in a cocktail shaker. Add vodka and ice. Shake vigorously and strain into the glass. Top with champagne. Garnish with additional grapes.
- 1 maraschino cherry
- 1 tsp cherry juice
- 1 oz sherry
- 4 oz champagne
Place the cherry and juice in the bottom of the glass. Fill the glass with champagne then top with sherry.
Looking for more holiday cocktail creations?
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September 13, 2016
Gone are the days where “healthy” and “delicious” are mutually exclusive. With an upward trend of deliciously healthy dishes, the opportunities are endless for your health-conscious catering needs. Your attendees won’t even recognize the difference!
July 27, 2016
Dessert: the grand finale of every meal. There’s a reason why we celebrate with cake! Dessert can be the most enjoyable – and memorable – part of any event, which is why we make sure our clients’ guests are ‘wowed’ every time. If you’re unsure of which direction to take, keep reading for outstanding creative dessert station ideas.
May 17, 2016
It comes as no surprise that the bar can be the most popular spot at any event. But, don’t make it stale with the same old beer and wine. These trendy craft cocktails will set your event apart from the rest with delicious flavors for happy guests. Read more
April 13, 2016
What is the best way to keep your event attendees engaged and excited? The answer is not just food, but how you display it. Catered food should taste delicious, but look even better. Keep reading for 4 creative food displays you can incorporate into your next catered event.
Repurposed Tools of the Trade
Depending on the theme of the event, repurpose the group’s tools of the trade to add a personalized touch. Catering for a group of scientists? Transform test tubes into shots of fresh pressed juices or use beakers to pour drinks. Other idea: use distressed wood planks to serve meals to attendees in the construction industry.
Fruit Bouquet Centerpiece
Now your centerpiece can double as an appetizer! Mix seasonal fruits covered with chocolate or cut into floral shapes for a fruity take on a usual bouquet. Mix fruits of all colors for a beautiful variety. Don’t forget the tasty dipping sauce! Fill around the “stems” with leafy greens for added color and style.
Pick Your Own
Interacting with your food is one way to earn it. Make mealtime personal by setting up a small garden or farmer’s market to allow guests to select the ingredients for their made-to-order meal. Fresh from farm to table, guests will enjoy seeing the fruits of their labor come to life from the stalk to their plate.
Life-size Food Tower
Your mother always told you not to play with your food, but you’re an adult now. Use the shape of the snack to your benefit by stacking snack bars or catered sandwich boxes to create a life-sized Jenga tower. Are your snacks too small or too messy for Jenga? Use boxed products to create towers of art, like Coca-Cola did for their yearly event at The Georgia International Convention Center.
With a little bit of creativity, no event will lack in luster with these inspired food displays.
Have your own creative display idea? Tweet us a photo at @Culinaero.
February 24, 2016
Catering for guests with dietary needs can be a difficult, yet necessary task for for any caterer or meeting planner. Keep guest satisfaction (and safety!) at the top of your priority list to make your event a success. Some common dietary restrictions we see at the Georgia International Convention Center are:
- Food allergies (peanuts, shellfish)
- Intolerances (gluten-free diets)
- Religious restrictions (certified kosher meals)
- Lifestyle choices (veganism, vegetarianism)
Whether allergies, lifestyle choices or religious beliefs limit menu options for attendees, consider accommodating every attendee’s needs with the options below.
Plan as Far in Advance as Possible
Easily account for attendees’ dietary needs by including an initial questionnaire with registration. This way, you’ll have all of the attendees’ preferences on file with only one point of communication. With this knowledge early in the planning process, you’ll have the ability to consider any restrictions while planning the meeting’s catering menu.
Make Needs Clear with Your Caterer
When discussing meal options with your caterer, be sure to touch on dietary needs and restrictions whether the information from your attendees is available to you or not. Most caterers will have standard replacements for most popular items and should be familiar with common dietary restrictions.
Give Attendees a Choice
At the event, give your attendees the freedom to choose their meal. Providing both a meat and a vegetarian option, for example, will allow most attendees to find a selection they are happy with (whether they have specific dietary needs or not).
Have a Backup Plan
If you do not have access to the preferences or intolerances of your guests prior to solidifying the catering menu, it is advisable to have a number of meals set aside for guests with special dietary needs. Setting aside additional ingredients and menu possibilities, you can reduce your event-day stress by knowing attendees have additional options if needed.
Follow these tips to make sure no attendee goes hungry!
Questions? Tweet us at @Culinaero.
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